The recent visit of the Saudi Arabian deputy defense minister to Pakistan included discussions of improving defense and security ties, although what direction that would take is unclear, analysts said.

Also an issue: whether there will be any linkage with Saudi Arabia’s standoff with Iran and its involvement in the Syrian civil war.

Prince Salman Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud visited Islamabad last week, where he met Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif, chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Gen. Rashad Mahmood.